John Bennett, the part time borough administrator of Lavallette since a month after he left his full time borough administrator position in Oceanport, has filed an unemployment claim, according to a statement by Councilman Stuart Briskey during the Oceanport Borough Council meeting on June 16.Art Gallagher | Filed under: John Bennett, Monmouth County News | Tags: John Bennett, John O. Benentt III, Lavallette, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | 6 Comments »
John O. Bennett III, the former Acting Governor, former Monmouth GOP Chairman and former Borough Administrator of Oceanport is the new Administrator of the Borough of Lavallette in Ocean County.
Bennett’s job in Oceanport ended on April 30th when he was replaced by Ray Poerio, an Edison resident who had been the Recreation Director of Scotch Plains, Union County.
Bennett announced his retirement from the Oceanport job last fall after he, and his part time work as an attorney, became an issue in the local election. After Mayor Michael Mahon was defeated by current Mayor Jay Coffey’s write-in campaign, Bennett reapplied for the Oceanport job.Art Gallagher | Filed under: John Bennett, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | Tags: John Bennett, Lavallette, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | 1 Comment »
FREEHOLD –The 21-year-old driver of a car that hit and seriously injured a West Long Branch police officer directing traffic at a high school football game was high on drugs at the time of the incident, authorities said on Thursday. Michael Reyes of Oceanport was under the influence of heroin and marijuana when he hit West… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: February 5th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, Michael Reyes, Monmouth County News, Oceanport, Sgt Brian Kramer, Shore Regional High School, West Long Branch, West Long Branch Police | Comments Off on Driver who hit cop directing traffic was high on drugs, police said
By Art Gallagher
Oceanport Administrator John Bennett is applying to keep the job that he announced his retirement from in October.
Bennett’s retirement is effective December 31. When I met him at Oceanport’s temporary Borough Hall today, there was no signs of him slowing down. He was working with a borough employee on the town’s debt amortization schedule when I arrived. Over lunch he was excited about the future of Oceanport and proud of what he’s accomplished in his two years as administrator. He was also well aware the that town needs to heal the divisions…that he is in the center of….that resulted in Mayor Michael Mahon going from being unopposed for reelection last month to being defeated by write-in candidate Jay Coffey. “I promised I would give 110% until my last day,” for former Senate President and Acting Governor said.
Bennett is hopeful that his last day will come after December 31. “I love being an administrator,” he said, “I wish I had done this earlier in my career. I submitted my application for the job.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: John Bennett, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | Tags: Jay Coffey, John Bennett, Mike Mahon, Monmouth County News, Oceanport, Shaun Golden | Comments Off on John Bennett: Not the retiring type
OCEANPORT — Before the summer, John “Jay” Coffey didn’t have any intentions of becoming the borough’s next mayor. A member of the Board of Education, Coffey was an active participant in the community — but he didn’t start regularly attending Borough Council meetings until after a slew of officials in the borough resigned. The resignations caught… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 4th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: 2015 Elections, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | Tags: 2015 Elections, Jay Coffey, Michael Mahon, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | 1 Comment »
Attorney John F. Coffey II received 949 of the 988 write-in ballots in the Oceanport election for mayor, according to Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon. Incumbent Mayor Michael Mahon received 721 votes.
All machine and Vote By Mail ballots have been counted. There were 15 provisional ballots cast in Oceanport, which will be counted on November 9. Jay Coffey is the Mayor-elect of Oceanport.
For Borough Council, full-term, there were 807 write -in votes. Write-in candidate Cullin Wibble received a total of 694 votes. Candidates John A. Patti received 901 votes and Patricia Cooper received 843 votes.Posted: November 4th, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Oceanport | Tags: 2015 Elections, Christine Hanlon, Jay Coffey, John F. Coffey II, Michael Mahon, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | Comments Off on Jay Coffey is Mayor-elect of Oceanport
In the Oceanport mayoral race, “Write-In” has defeated incumbent Mayor Michael Mahon by a margin of 988 to 721.
Monmouth County Clerk told MoreMonmouthMusings this morning that each of the Write-In votes will be reviewed today in order to determine the winner of the race, subject to the counting of provisional ballots and certification of the election.
A bi-partisan coalition of Oceanport leaders supported Attorney Jay Coffey, a registered Democrat, in his campaign unseat the Republican mayor who was unopposed on the ballot. Coffey is widely expected to be the winner of the campaign. He declared victory last evening.
Oceanport’s all Republican municipal government has been in turmoil for the better part of the year as Mahon stopped communicating with members of the Council, particularly regarding redevelopment issues at Fort Monmouth, and a growing distrust of Borough Administrator John Bennett festered throughout the governing body and members of the public.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2015 Elections, Joe Irace, John Bennett, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | Tags: Jay Coffey, Joe Irace, John Bennett, Michael Mahon, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | Comments Off on Unofficial Oceanport Results Will Be Reported By Days End
By Councilman Joe Irace
For the past eight years, it has been my privilege to serve the people of Oceanport. At all times, I have done what I felt was best for our borough because I, like you, truly love our collective home. As you know, I have been very outspoken on behalf of Oceanport. I have used my position as Councilman to keep Oceanport residents informed of important issues pertaining to Oceanport, oftentimes to my own personal detriment within the very Council on which I serve.
State Senator Joe Kyrillos, whose district includes Oceanport, the home of Monmouth Park, said, “This court reversal puts us back on the right course to create opportunities here, improve the quality of life, and enhance the state’s economy and job creation and retention at Monmouth Park and Atlantic City. As I’ve said for months, we will prevail, and the repeals that this legislature enacted on a bipartisan basis will ultimately stand.”
TRENTON — New Jersey’s years-long battle to legalize sports betting will get another day in court — and experts say the outlook for the state is suddenly a positive one. Nearly two months after a three-judge U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected the state’s latest bid to legalize sports wagering at casinos and racetracks,… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 15th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Horse Racing Industry, Joe Kyrillos, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Park | Tags: Atlantic City, Equine Industry, Gambling Industry, Gaming Industry, Monmouth County News, NJ Sports Betting, Oceanport, Sen Joe Kyrillos, U.S. Third Circuit Court | 1 Comment »
OCEANPORT — An exchange between two borough officials at a special council meeting last week nearly turned violent, with the borough’s mayor having to step in to keep the two apart. During the public comment portion of the Aug. 6 meeting, resident and Board of Education member Jay Coffey was addressing the council about personnel and… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: August 14th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | Tags: Joe Irace, John Bennett, Mayor Michael Mahon, Oceanport | 3 Comments »